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TGIF: The Oct. 24, 2014 Edition

(10/24/2014)

TGIF: REALLY vintage snowmobile for use without a scarf

I'm thankful for the sheer thrill of ditch banging on my snowmobile (although I prefer groomed trails).

I'm thankful for the corner-carving excellence of this rider-forward snowmobile design.

I'm thankful I don't wear a scarf.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, October 24, 2014.

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Bob Elsner: An Interview with the Team Arctic Sno Pro Legend

(10/22/2014)

Bob Elsner, Team Arctic Sno Pro racing legend.

Team Arctic has been home to many of the all-time greatest snowmobile racers. Among the elite list of all-time greats is Bob Elsner, stalwart of the Team Arctic Sno Pro era and the 1979 World Champion.

Recently, the humble man from New London, Wis., answered a pile of questions from this lifelong fan, which was truly a dream come true.

Click to read what he has to say.

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On the Production Line: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R Race Sleds

(10/21/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sled models on the production line.

The 2015 Arctic Cat ZR6000R race sleds were rolling off the assembly line in Thief River Falls yesterday.

Dang, these sleds look cool!

Click to see some more pix.

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TGIF: The Oct. 17, 2014 Edition

(10/17/2014)

Rupp Super Sno-Sport speed run snowmobile, posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful the engineers FINALLY built us a proper musclesled.

I'm thankful it's got a Hemi.

I'm thankful for the 1.25-in. lug track that comes on the Sno Pro edition.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

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Stuck (by Cal Sandberg)

(10/16/2014)

Cal Sandberg riding his Arctic Cat Z120. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

"When I pushed the throttle it sunk me deeper into the powder making me very stuck."

For his 7th grade English writing project, my son Cal describes a snowmobile ride in our backyard that occured when he was 5 years old.

In doing so, he depicts a situation that pretty much every snowmobiler can relate to.

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TGIF: The Oct. 10, 2014 Edition

(10/10/2014)

TGIF: Arctic Cat-mounted sheriff posse keeps law and order. Photo from ArcticInsider.com

I’m thankful the boys and I will be able to lay down the law with these new Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

I’m thankful each sled has got a cop motor: a 440 cubic centimeter plant. Plus a cop track, cop suspension and cop shocks.

I’m thankful for the good times that are comin’ on the Cat.

And I’m thankful it’s Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

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Open House Time: A Day at Country Cat

(10/7/2014)

2014 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat dealership. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's October, which means shorter days, cooler nights, Halloween and Open House time at Arctic Cat dealerships.

This past weekend, I and 500 or so similar-minded enthusiasts attended the Open House celebration at Country Cat in Sauk Center, Minn., where the tradition of anticipation unfolded in all its greatness.

Click to see and read a few thoughts about this event and other like them.

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TGIF: The Oct. 3, 2014 Edition

(10/3/2014)

TGIF: Minnesota Vikings on their way to the Superbowl (on a vintage snowmobile).

I'm thankful that after the dreadful game against the Green Bay Packers last night, the Minnesota Vikings mascot took to his snowmobile for some post-game jousting.

I'm thankful the Minnesota Vikings are going to the Super Bowl this year, albeit on a snowmobile.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

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Arctic Cat Trip Report: September 2014

(9/30/2014)

At Arctic Cat in Sept. 2014. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A recent trip to Arctic Cat delivered the usual large number of interesting sights and conversations with my favorite people in the world.

Click to see a slice of what was happening with snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides and the people who make them.

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Rest in Peace Dick Wanderscheid

(9/30/2014)

Dick Wanderscheid, father, Country Cat, Arctic Cat

After tough-fought battle with lung cancer, Dick Wanderscheid peacefully finished the human race, and is now enjoying the greatest heavenly victory celebration of them all.

Dick crossed the finish line on Friday, Sept. 26, with his family at his side.

He was the patriarch of the family who operate Country Cat and that has supported the racing success of Team Arctic's four-time World Champion, P.J. Wanderscheid.

Click to read a little bit about the man, with words from P.J.

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TGIF: The Sept. 26, 2014 Edition

(9/26/2014)

TGIF and the used snowmobile sales are heating up. Vintage!

I'm thankful autumn breezes are blowing in would-be snowmobile buyers to look at my fleet of used sleds.

I'm thankful the tight weave on my leisure suit blocks the chill from such breezes.

I'm thankful I know what it will take to get you into this excellent used snowmobile, for just $50 down and $35 a month for two years.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

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D&D & Arctic Cat Slam the Ohio Snow Bash Grass Drags

(9/23/2014)

D&D Racing wins on Arctic Cat at the 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

With a fleet of Arctic Cats prepped by the indomitable D&D Racing crew, Dylan Roes and Jeff Marks left a nasty mark on the competition at last weekend's 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

When the skis touched down, the team scored seven wins and one second-place finish!

Click for an enjoyable reaction time.

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Hay Days 2014 Retrospective: Truly Bigger & Better

(9/22/2014)

2014 Hay Days snowmobile event coverage. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 2014 Sno-Baron's Hay Day's snowmobile event in North Branch, Minn. was SO big, it's taken me two weeks to decompress, download pix and make sense of what I saw.

Click to see a smattering of what went down at the 48th Annual event.

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TGIF: The Sept. 19, 2014 Edition

(9/19/2014)

TGIF and the kids can handle ATV safety precautions.

I'm thankful we own an ATV that's powerful enough to get the boys through the mud bog.

I'm thankful for power steering, otherwise the boys would complain about turning this beast.

I'm thankful that someone held my beer so I could snap this photo.

And I'm thankful it's friday, Sept. 19, 2014.

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Vintage Road Trip Part Three: A Visit with Gordon Rohde

(9/16/2014)

Gordon Rohde, former Arctic Cat dealer. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's a little late in arriving (sorry about that) but the final push of my summer vintage sled road trip with Jim Dimmerman and Tom Rowland saw us meet a legend of sorts: Gordon Rohde.

Rohde is a name that surfaces when talking about the mythical 1982 Arctic Cat prototypes, as well as other rare machines from the early 1980s.

A former Arctic Cat (and Harley-Davidson) dealer, opportunistic salesman, promoter and race fan, Rhode has owned or touched A LOT of historic Arctic Cat machines.

We caught up with him for a few hours at his shop in Wausau, Wis., where he answered a slew of questions about his career and rare Arctic Cats that have passed through his hands.

Click to read the story.

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TGIF: The Sept. 12, 2014 Edition

(9/12/2014)

TGIF and the Massey Ski Whiz vintage snowmobile ad looks so good.

I'm thankful the guys from Marketing used creative copywriting to compensate for Engineering's carved-from-a-bar-of-soap styling.

I'm thankful I took a Ski Whiz before I attempted to dicker and deal.

I'm thankful that I still see headlines like these through the eyes of my 14-year-old self.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

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Cross-Country Racer Unveiled: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC

(9/7/2014)

Arctic Cat unveils the 2015 ZR6000R XC snowmobile at Hay Days. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The big news from Arctic Cat at Hay Days was the unveiling of a new cross-country race sled powered by the C-TEC2 6000-Series DSI engine with EFI and electronic oil injection.

Built to satisfy the 91 Octane/oil-injected intent of new cross-country rules, the 2015 ZR 6000R XC is aimed directly at the USXC Winnipeg-to-Willmar I-500, as well as other USXC races, USCC East, CorPowersports and other cross-country events.

Click to read about the new racer.

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TGIF: The Sept. 5, 2014 Edition

(9/5/2014)

TGIF vintage Raider snowmobile ad from 1971-72, posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful we were the first snowmobile company to offer diversity training to go along with twin tracks (free if you purchased your sled during the spring-only, extra-early program).

I'm thankful that it's our differences (and NOT our similarities) that make us different. Huh?

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

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What Cat Will Be Let Out of the Bag at Hay Days?

(9/4/2014)

Arctic Cat unveils snowmobiles (and other stuff) at Hay Days. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If the past is the best predictor of the future, then Arctic Cat will use this weekend’s SnoBaron’s Hay Days to unveil something.

So my question to all of you is, what do expect Arctic Cat will unveil this Saturday at Hay Days?

What do you want Arctic Cat to unveil?

Click to read and see more.

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TGIF: The Aug. 29, 2014 Edition

(8/29/2014)

TGIF: The vintage Arctic Cat Arcticwear group.

I'm thankful we can get together with like-minded friends, far away from the watchful eyes of PETA.

I'm thankful NOBODY LAUGHED when we introduced the new Arcticwear Collection

I'm thankful the absurdity of moon boots is still a few years away.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

(Have a great Labor Day weekend.)

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